Salimah LaForce is a senior policy analyst for Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP). She has 14 years experience conducting user needs, experiences, and expectations research, and utilizing study results to inform policy recommendations in a number of domains, including technology access, generally, and the benefit of said access to educational, employment, and social opportunities, specifically. She is the project director for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) project, Policy and Outreach Initiatives To Accelerate Adoption of Wireless Technologies. In this capacity, she is instrumental in drafting policy recommendations in response to pertinent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rulemakings, translating Wireless RERC research into policy proposals and research briefs; and producing educational materials for consumer, practitioner, government, and industry audiences. LaForce is the senior editor of the monthly policy newsletter, Technology, and Disability Policy Highlights, and has co-authored more than 78 conference papers, presentations, journal articles, and federal regulatory agency filings.
In addition to her work on the Wireless RERC, LaForce is a co-investigator on a Field-Initiated Project on understanding the contingent employment experiences of people with disabilities. She has served as co-project director for the IPAWS CACP Collaborative Project 2, informing citizens of features of mainstream technologies to enhance the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs); and Project 5, providing accessible next generation alerts. LaForce was also the program manager for the DHS S&T contract, Public Response to Alerts and Warnings: Optimizing Ability of Message Receipt by People with Disabilities.
Additionally, LaForce served as the chair (elected) and women’s group representative for BCS, The Charted Institute for IT, USA Section, Southeast Regional Group. She organized events relevant to IT professionals and academics including IT’s for you too: the female dynamic in information technology education and careers, Starts-ups & Innovation: Taking Your Ideas to the Marketplace and the Geeks, Gadgets, and Gizmos Showcase Competition. Other volunteer and community efforts included serving as the chair of the Grants Committee at Bolton Academy Elementary School, a founding member of the Soaring Owls Foundation, Inc., and tutor at the Henry Grady High School Writing Center.
LaForce formerly served as the program manager for the Wireless RERC and project coordinator for GCATT’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Programs. Salimah earned her BA in English literature from Agnes Scott College in 1998 and is currently pursuing an MS in Clinical Psychology, applied research specialization, from the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Capella University.